Bheki Cele and his deputy to visit Gqeberha following torching of taxis and cars

Police Minister Bheki Cele and his deputy Cassel Mathale will on Thursday visit Gqeberha following violence and wanton destruction of property.

On Wednesday 13 October 2021, violence broke out in Durban Road in Korsten, following a motor vehicle accident between a taxi and a sedan believed to belong to a local businessman.

Police said that their investigations show that the single incident led to the torching of several vehicles and property.

According to police reports, alleged retaliation between the local businessmen and taxi drivers ensued resulting in 8 taxis being set alight, two taxis were damaged and a civilian vehicle was also set alight.  No injuries were reported.

The police ministry and senior South African Police Service (SAPS) officials will travel to the area and receive a full report from the provincial SAPS management on this incident as well as the spate of murders that have taken place in the Walmer Township over the weekend, the ministry’s office said.

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Police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu said on Wednesday that the accident which allegedly resulted in the violence was between a taxi and an Audi in Durban Road in Korsten on Wednesday afternoon.

“It is alleged that at about 2pm this afternoon, 13 October, a collision between the abovementioned vehicles took place. It is further alleged that the driver of the taxi alighted and started to assault the driver of the Audi. Businessmen in the area immediately came to the assistance of the Audi driver. The Audi driver got into his vehicle and drove further up the road where his vehicle stalled. A group of taxi drivers attacked him and set his vehicle alight.

“A retaliation between the businessmen and the taxi drivers ensued resulting in a total of 8 taxis being set alight, 2 taxis damaged and a civilian vehicle also set alight.  All the taxis were stationary at the rank. No one sustained any injuries.

“Police have opened a case of public violence. No arrests effected,” Naidu said on Wednesday.

The violence in the area was allegedly between business people who are foreign nationals and South Africans within the taxi industry.

It was reported that shops owned by Somalians were allegedly set alight during the chaos and violence.

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